SURELY the Federal Government has better things to do than demand Meals on Wheels volunteers fill out a ridiculous 51-page form to comply with their rules and regulations and undergo a police check so the elderly and frail can be entitled to a discounted meal?
Just like last week when Cairns Regional Council tried to impose a 100 per cent rent increase on long-term tenants at the council-owned caravan park at Wonga Beach, here we have a situation where a bureaucrat has spent dozens and hours and probably thousands of dollars to come up with a bright idea which looks good on paper but fails the common sense test dismally.
Meals on Wheels, like many volunteer organisations, have enough trouble attracting people to give their time to help others. Quite often the people delivering the meals are the only social interaction those who are receiving them will get regularly.
It is as much an important social interation as it is vital for their nutrition and survival.
I for one am happy some of my rates are going towards subsidising some people to live at the Wonga Beach caravan park.
It’s money much better spent than on the bureaucrat who decided the tenants should be forking out more than double what they do now.
I also don’t want to see our local volunteers burdened with a bunch of bureaucratic claptrap determined by some knob in Canberra who wouldn’t know hardship if it kicked him or her up the bum.
Hopefully common sense prevails and Meals on Wheels is cut some slack.
If not, the Gazette will be happy to publish the contact details of the idiots behind the decision.